My life was enriched last week with a retreat at a very lovely, luxurious, beautiful site in the redwood forest just outside of San Francisco. My host, Cassie Schindler, had arranged with meticulous creativity a weekend of wellness for all the participants at Stillheart retreat center. And, the women who attended were the kind I want for lifelong friends. They came from all walks of life, in various states of wellness, and with open hearts as well as open minds and open wills. Such powerful women they were, each one in her own way being totally present for this event. Cassie’s theme was the Butterfly, emerging from the chrysalis. And, emerge they did! Many expert teachers were available, each one a leader in her field. These women offered energy healing and balancing, water aerobics instruction, yoga, drumming, Tarot reading, and even a session learning ballet. All these gentle classes along with organic food that was super delicious made it a weekend of pure delight. Stillheart, itself, was a great soothing healing experience. The grounds include a labyrinth and landscaping that was breathtaking. The fountain at the entry, huge pieces of great art, the giant crystals on display and an array of amethyst geodes (the largest and most beautiful I ever had seen) beds, pillows, and accommodations that were heavenly all made for a restful and spiritual weekend.
I came back to Texas on a real mountain high with my heart full of joy. My part on the program was a presentation on my new book, The Possible Woman Steps Up, and a book signing. I ended my presentation with my standard, You Are More by Jean Houston. It is such a powerful, empowering poem that I always get requests for a copy. So I include it here in this post, with my gratitude to Cassie Schindler and my support of her work. Cassie created a program she calls Stop, Balance, Go. Her story is one of a genuine emerging butterfly. You can read about it on her website, www.thealternatepath.com/
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My teacher, Dr. Jean Houston, wrote this empowering poem, which I have changed a little:
You are More
You are more than you pretend to be
You are more than what most eyes can see
You are more than all your history
Look inside and you will find
There’s glory in your mind
Come be the kind of person you would be….
You are more than what your parents bred
You are more than what your teachers said
You are more than what’s inside your head
You are more than what your leaders say
You are more than how you earn your pay
You are more than what you seem today
So drop that loser’s mask
You’re equal to the task
The question you should ask is who you are…..
You are more than what the preachers shout
You are more, come let your spirit out
You are more, your soul should have no doubt
Arise, become awake
With every breath you take
The person that is YOU within, will ache to be….
You are more than cell and blood and bone
You are more than just your name along
You are more than all that you may own
Look around you everywhere……There’s something that we share
The magic in the air…is you!
You are more than some statistic chart
You are more than the sum of all your parts
You are more inside your heart of hearts
You know that it is true
This being that is you
Has miracles to do Believe!
Take someone’s hand— and say with me,
WE ARE MORE THAN WE PRETEND TO BE……
We are more than what most eyes can see……
we are more than all our history…..
We WILL be the kind of people we can be!